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NBA News: In court over leaked crash images, Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant was given a $16 million award
NBA News: In court over leaked crash images, Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant was given a $16 million award
NBA News: In court over leaked crash images, Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant was given a $16 million award
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NBA News: In court over leaked crash images, Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant was given a $16 million award

NBA News: A $31 million jury finding against Los Angeles County for deputies and firefighters sharing graphic images of the NBA star, his 13-year-old daughter, and other victims killed in a 2020 helicopter crash resulted in a $16 million payment to Kobe Bryant’s wife on Wednesday.

The nine jurors all concurred that Vanessa Bryant’s privacy had been violated and that the images had upset her. While it was being read, she sobbed subtly.

Kobe Bryant Day, was observed in Los Angeles on August 24 because it honours his jersey numbers of 8 and 24, and since it falls the day after his birthday, the jury pondered for four and a half hours before rendering its decision. On Tuesday, he would have turned 44.

Vanessa Bryant shared a picture of herself, her husband, and their daughter on Instagram after the verdict.

“All for you!” the caption read. “I love you! JUSTICE for Kobe and Gigi!”

Outside of the courthouse, a county lawyer declined to comment on the verdict.

Those who were playing video games and attending an awards luncheon were among the majority of LA County sheriff’s and fire department workers who shared the photos. Additionally, some of their spouses and, in one instance, a bartender at a bar where a deputy was drinking, witnessed them.

After losing her husband and daughter a month prior, Vanessa Bryant testified during the 11-day trial with tears in her eyes that learning of the images added to her still-fresh grief and that she now experiences panic attacks when she considers that they might still be out there.

“I live in fear every day of being on social media and these popping up,” she testified. “I live in fear of my daughters being on social media and these popping up.”

Chris Chester, a co-plaintiff with her who lost both his wife and kid in the crash, received a $15 million settlement.

“We’re grateful for a jury and a judge who gave us a fair trial,” said Chester’s lawyer Jerry Jackson.

Although Chester’s lawyers provided standards that would have translated to tens of millions of dollars for each plaintiff, Vanessa Bryant’s counsel did not provide jurors with a dollar sum they believed their client deserved.

Wednesday after court, Vanessa Bryant and her counsel declined to comment. As she walked past TV cameras and hundreds of reporters and hopped into an SUV, her face was still smeared with tears.

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